The University of Iowa (UI) invites applications for the Dean of the College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics position. The Dean will lead the College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics through the next stages of research discoveries, program innovation, student success, and strengthened connection with internal and external stakeholders while providing leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion. The College includes the departments of endodontics; family dentistry; hospital dentistry; operative dentistry; oral and maxillofacial surgery; oral pathology, radiology, & medicine; orthodontics; pediatric dentistry; periodontics; preventive & community dentistry; and prosthodontics, with faculty providing education and patient care not only within the College but also at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and numerous extramural locations around the state and beyond. Many faculty have served as leaders and officers in national and international dental professional organizations.
The College houses the Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research, which encompasses clinical, translational, and basic research, in addition to the Division of Biostatistics and Computational Biology.
The Dean reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost, and is responsible for the academic, administrative, and fiscal leadership of the College. Direct reports to the Dean include the Executive Associate Dean, the Associate Deans of education & curriculum, patient care, student affairs, faculty, research, finance & facilities, the department heads, and the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership
Leading the execution and continued development of the College's strategic plan in alignment with University priorities;
Building academic excellence and enhancing research productivity, impact, and reputation, capitalizing on the University's collaborative environment;
Building a strong sense of community and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion among faculty, students, and staff;
Building upon the College's strong fundraising and alumni relations track record;
Furthering, strengthening and expanding external presence and partnerships with the corporate community;
Promoting national leadership in teaching and learning through peer reviewed models, invited presentations, and review panels;
Serving as an oral health advocate through active engagement of faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and other key stakeholders to improve the oral health of the public.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities
Articulating a vision for the future of the College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics within a comprehensive public research university and uniting the College around a shared purpose;
Developing and executing a strategic plan to guide decision making and resource allocation in ways that reflect conscious choices about strategic priorities;
Providing leadership and vision in recruiting, developing, engaging, and retaining high-quality faculty, staff, and students with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences so as to enhance the success and well-being of all students and other collegiate stakeholders;.
Implementing equitable practices and creating an inclusive environment in which students, faculty, and staff can flourish;
Overseeing the administration of the College's resources;
Promoting a culture of excellence through agile decision-making, innovation, collaboration, and respect while building a sense of community among College leadership, governance bodies, faculty, staff, and students;
Overseeing the review of faculty and staff, departments, and programs, including promotion and tenure decisions;
Working with the Council of Deans and university administration to create opportunities for cross-university collaborations and garnering support for the College's strategic initiatives;
Leading the advancement efforts for the College by articulating and championing strategic priorities, cultivating prospective donors, and fostering interactions with friends of the College;
Developing and overseeing the College's relationships with key stakeholders and constituencies, including advisory boards, alumni, donors, corporate partners, the community, and government officials;
Advancing the overall reputation of the College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics;
Representing the College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics nationally and globally at conferences, within organizations, and on advisory panels.
Inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.